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Anne Bachenheimer Frank
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1903
Death: Feb. 13, 1995

Anne B. Frank of Memphis was Jewish and born in Germany, but she escaped the fate of the German-Jewish girl named Anne Frank who was killed in the Nazi Holocaust. When people would ask Mrs. Frank if she were the Anne Frank of diary fame, Mrs. Frank would reply in her thick German accent: "No, I'm not from Germany, I'm from China," said her daughter Anne F. Hill. "To her it was just a stupid question. Anne Frank of the diary was dead and she was alive; what were these people talking about." Mrs. Frank was 91 when she died of heart failure Monday at her home. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Temple Israel Cemetery. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. Anne Bachenheimer was born Nov. 4, 1903 in Germany. She married Julius Frank and the two lived in Frankfurt, then Hamburg, before immigrating to New York in 1939. "They escaped before the (concentration) camps," her daughter said. ''She said she was getting out and if anyone wanted to come that was fine, and if they didn't, goodbye." Mrs. Frank's lifestyle changed once they left Germany. There, her husband was a bank director and she was 'regal and elegant,' to the point she could coerce Nazi guards into carrying her bags at a train station, her daughter said. Mrs. Frank had never worked in Germany, but in New York, Chicago, and then Memphis, she found ways to bring in money. During their early days here, Mrs. Frank took in German Jewish immigrants as boarders, Hill said. As their economic situation improved, Mrs. Frank became involved in the arts and volunteer organizations. She was a member of Temple Israel Synagogue and Sisterhood and the Memphis chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. She took up painting with water colors, attended classes at Memphis College of Art and even had a backyard art show in 1993. "That really became her interest later in life," her daughter said.
Mrs. Frank's love for her children and grandchildren was unconditional and "she was a strong woman," Hill said. Mr. Frank died in 1975. Mrs. Frank's health deteriorated steadily afterward. She was sick the last 15 years and, due to malabsorption syndrome, became bedridden. Her body had difficulty absorbing nutrients and Mrs. Frank was fed through a stomach tube. "She just fought and fought and fought," her daughter said. "She didn't want to be sick." Mrs. Frank also leaves two grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Memphis College of Art or charity of donor's choice. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 2/14/1995) 
Temple Israel Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Feb 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47802495
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